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Watch: Moving Trailer For Chris Weitz's Low-Key Indie Drama 'A Better Life'

by Kevin Jagernauth
February 24, 2011 5:49 AM
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After spending some time in the tentpole world directing "The Golden Compass" and "Twilight: New Moon," director Chris Weitz has shifted gears for his next film, turning in a low-key drama that, from the first trailer debuted by 24 Frames, looks to be a winner.

Returning to his earlier roots of smaller-scale films like "About A Boy," the forthcoming “A Better Life” (formerly known as “The Gardener”) stars Demian Birchir (Fidel Castro in “Che”) and follows the woes of an undocumented illegal worker as he tries to make a living for his family as a gardener. We really like the tone evinced in the trailer with the emotion coming through with a degree of honesty instead of sentiment. The performances look ace -- José Julián as the son Luis could have a breakout performance here -- and the film looks to balance a simple narrative with a complex issue.

The film hits on June 24th, and it looks like it will be a worthy alternate option from blockbuster fare right in the middle of summer. Check out the trailer below.

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2 Comments

  • Dave | February 25, 2011 12:43 AMReply

    Glad Weitz is back in his wheelhouse but this looks preachy as hell. Cool to see a modern take on "The Bicycle Thief" though.

  • rotch | February 24, 2011 6:24 AMReply

    Yikes, can this trailer be more cliched?

    I think it looks awful. And this coming from someone who loves About a Boy and is glad to see fellow countryman Bichir in a starring role.

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